Wednesday, August 10, 2016

5 Tips When You’re Struggling & Juggling to Meet Writing Deadlines

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

Some weeks the writer’s life bring some pretty hefty back-to-back and sometimes overlapping deadlines. 

Here are a few tips to make the struggling and juggling a little easier.

Make prayer your first step in meeting every deadline. Take time to ask God’s blessing and direction on every project you undertake. The time you take to talk to Him about what you are working on will be multiplied as you write.

Make a written list or keep it in your head, but make a list. Which projects have the closest deadlines? (Sometimes it comes down to a few hours difference in the deadlines.) Which can be pushed into next week? All are important so be sure you don’t let one fall between the cracks.

Are there any projects that could share research? Even if not, decide what you need to learn, then set aside a specific time for research. Doing it all at one time will make your writing time more efficient. Just be sure to keep good notes as to what information goes with which project.  Also, plan some family time in the schedule. Even an hour at dinner with your spouse, playing with the grandchildren, or walking in the garden alone will refresh you and make you more productive.

No, I don’t mean look for a coauthor. Writing is not a solo occupation. Your spouse, your family, and others are an important part of what you do. If you have a season of heavy deadlines, discuss it with your family. Ask them to take some of your chores or to cook a meal to free your time time to write. Talk to your close friends and your prayer team and ask them to pray for you during this intense time of writing.

Whatever you do, don’t let major deadlines weigh you down. Stand strong, work according to the plan you have devised, and don’t give up. Even though you are alone when you write, you have an audience waiting to hear the wisdom of your words. You are making a difference. Your words can change the course of someone’s day.

Now head back to the computer and write the words that will make you a life-changer. Martin Luther said it well. “If you want to change the world, pick up a pen.” 

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Linda Gilden is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She finds great joy (and excellent writing material) in time spent with her family. Helping writers understand PSL is one of the things she also loves to do through her newest book, Called to Write. This month she is excited about having a chance to set new goals for the new year and maybe even do a few more rewrites!

To find out more about Linda, her writing, and her ministry, visit You can also connect with her on Twitter @LindaGilden and Facebook at Author Linda Gilden.


  1. Great advice, Linda. I couldn't help noticing the following statement in your bio blurb: "She finds great joy (and excellent writing material) in time spent with her family." That reminds me of a mug that one of my daughters gave to me a while back that has on it these words: "I am a writer. Anything you say or do may be used in a story!"

    1. Love the mug, Dennis! Definitely a mantra around here. Although I actually do ask for my children's permission when I write about them even though they are grown now.

  2. Linda, Great strategies. This is my daily prayer "Lord Help me to prioritize, organize and keep you first in all I do today." Thank you for the confirmation.

  3. Linda, Good advice--and, I suspect, learned through experience. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks Linda! I'm about to "retire" from my part-time "old guy" job to devote my full effort to writing and hopefully, speaking. Your tips will be very helpful.